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Took them long enough! (But was it worth it?)
on 13 February 2013
Six years after the first PAL release, Volume 2 of this iconic, much loved Disney show hits DVD, boasting 24 more episodes of fun, adventure and laughs. But the question is, how does this release stack up?
- The show is still as fun, entertaining and intelligence-respecting as it was all those years ago. The characters are memorable and fun (especially the always pun-tastic Launchpad), the stories, though short, are well paced and creative and there's a good mix of humour in the writing for both old and young viewers.
- For a £9 price tag, 24 episodes of a half hour show is a pretty good deal, spread across three discs, and if you want to marathon it and just sit with a bucket of popcorn, like one of those 'Afternoons' back in the day, Fast Play just runs through all the episodes, uninterrupted.
-This DVD screams 'budget release', being in just one case with the flip over holder inside, all the discs being that all-too familiar & bland grey-silver combination that Disney has become fond of in the past few years. Heck, even the central front image of Scrooge and the nephews looks like a cheap 'Print Screen' job, with incomplete, fuzzy black lines around the characters.
-No features. At all. No commentaries, no interviews, no featurettes (which for a show often praised by critics and historians as 'significant' in TV and animation history, is very odd), not even subtitles! There's a few languages to choose from, but no subtitles. Why, I cannot even fathom, and it seems like a really weird, if not full blown, stupid thing to do.
-NO EPISODE LISTING. Not on the back of the DVD, not on the episode selection screens on any of the discs, not even a cheap little paper insert. Why? No, seriously, WHY?! If you're not going to bother with anything extra, the least you could do is tell us what the episodes are on the actual discs!
-The seven missing episodes from the first PAL set are not here either. What a great shame.
While this DVD release is slapdash and just Disney's way of shutting up all the fanboys who have asked endlessly for another release, it doesn't change the fact that this is a very good show for all the family, with lovable characters, engaging stories and a very high fun and rewatch factor. If it's your first or thousandth time, Duckburg always promises a good time for every kid, no matter how old you are!